Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.
Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales!
The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email email@example.com , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.
April 12th Dave O’Higgins /Judith O’Higgins Quintet
“His’n’Hers” – the Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis Project
Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins is a hugely popular and well-known figure on the international jazz scene, and one of the most prolific and creative jazz musicians the UK has ever produced, with 18 albums released as leader since 1993. Much of the material has been original compositions and arrangements, with lineups from small group to big band, acoustic and electric.
Dave has twice won Best Tenor Sax in the British Jazz Awards, and his powerful, driving sax style has been a feature of the scene for over 25 years, performing with everyone from Cleo Laine to Frank Sinatra.
As well as the solo projects, Dave is a busy guest soloist across the globe, runs a small jazz recording studio, and is Head of Jazz at the London College of Contemporary Media.
Some of the artists Dave has worked with:
Roadside Picnic, Jason Rebello (produced by Wayne Shorter), Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikoski, Eddie Gomez, Adam Nussbaum, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Chico Chagas, Itchy Fingers, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Stan Tracey, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Eric Alexander, Phil Dwyer, Grant Stewart, Brubecks Play Brubeck, Darius Brubeck Quartet, Jimmy Smith and Ray Charles
“exceptional fluency.. one of Britain’s finest musicians” (The Observer)
Judith is a forensic pathologist, saxophonist and author. Her autobiography/popular science book “Spuren des Todes”, was published by Fischer Verlag in 2013. Judith’s career bears analogy to saxophonist Oliver Nelson, who spent some time in mortuaries as an embalmer and taxidermist before pursuing a full time career in music.
Judith produced and played on the critically acclaimed Abstract Truth Big Band recording made under the direction of Jörg Achim Keller at the famous Abbey Road Studio in 2015, and is also part of the group Barnes/O’Higgins and the Sax Section. Described by various internationally renowned saxophonists as evoking the feel of Dexter Gordon and sound of Clifford Jordan, Judith is undoubtedly the best forensic pathologist jazz saxophonist living in London!
“His’n’Hers” pits Mr and Mrs O’Higgins against each other in the good humoured tradition of the great Johnny Griffin – Eddie Lockjaw Davis group, with some of the best arrangements borrowed from that repertoire, too! Although the two tenors were of different temperaments both musically and emotionally their ideas complemented and enhanced one another.
Expect swinging straight ahead tough tenors in the time-honoured tradition!
With David Beebee on piano, Alex Eberhard on drums and Marianne Windham on double bass.
May 10th Nigel Price Trio
“Sheer brilliance…. Price is a dynamic live performer.” Dave Gelly, The Observer ****
Winner of “Best Guitarist” in the 2016 British Jazz Awards, Nigel Price is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today. He combines a great sound and a dazzlingly technique and his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences.
Nigel spent three years with UK funk legends The James Taylor Quartet and his renowned Organ Trio won the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “best jazz ensemble”. In addition to a heavy touring schedule he is also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, where he has played over 400 times.
With Emiliano Caroselli on drums, whose receptiveness to all styles of music, combined with a deep knowledge of the roots of jazz, the richness of his dynamics and his attention to interplay with other musicians make him one of the most in-demand drummers and percussionists in London today, and Marianne Windham on bass.
“There’s an exhilarating tight-loose swing and old-school honestly about Price’s brand of soul-bop that leaves you panting” – Mojo
“Emiliano Caroselli is a swinging and creative drummer, who never stops listening! Whether playing as a team member or soloing, Emiliano locks in to the groove and generates an infectious and exciting energy.Inspiring to play with!” Anita Wardell- Jazz vocalist